"Ethical" Hacking Profession Showcased at the Fall Edition of ChicagoCon in October

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Yes! Hacking for a living and making great money is a reality. Thanks to federal regulations, pen testing (AKA ethical hacking) is basically required by law. ChicagoCon 2008f by TDCC features world-class security training followed by a 2-day Ethical Hacking Conference that prepares attendees for this dream career.

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'I hack for a living.' That is something that many can't say without a snicker in return. But, trust me; those that do are extremely smart and very well paid. ChicagoCon is meant to not only showcase their abilities and educate a new crop of security professionals, but more importantly reclaim the word 'hacker' from the grip of a negative press.

'Ethical Hacker' is now an accepted industry term. But until recently, many large corporations and government agencies were hesitant to support anything containing the word 'hacker.' There are many factors leading to the acceptance of ethical hacking:

  • Regulations: HIPAA, SOX, GLBA, and others.
  • PCI DSS Section 11 and its clarification differentiating penetration testing from vulnerability assessment for auditing requirements.
  • Certifications using the term in titles and official courseware.
  • Cisco Press, Dummies Series and numerous other books use the positive connotation of the word 'hacking.' Even Webster's New World Dictionary has an edition dedicated to hacking.
  • The Ethical Hacker Network, a free online magazine for the security professional, is in the top 1% of all sites on the Web (Alexa).

Add to this a premier security conference in the Windy City, dedicated to educating and preparing those brave enough to take one giant leap into what is already a lucrative field.

Donald C. Donzal, CEO of TDCC, said, "'I hack for a living.' That is something that many can't say without a snicker in return. But, trust me; those that do are extremely smart and very well paid. ChicagoCon is meant to not only showcase their abilities and educate a new crop of security professionals, but more importantly reclaim the word 'hacker' from the grip of a negative press."

The (f)all edition of ChicagoCon from October 27 - November 2, 2008 features all new keynoters, 12 boot camps, exams on-site, and a two day Ethical Hacking Conference. Learn from the pros and network with peers in order to advance IT professionals' InfoSec careers. Not just another boot camp or hacker con, ChicagoCon adds value to corporate training dollars with top instructors and well known certifications.

Security Training (Monday - Friday):
With boot camp-style training, ChicagoCon features a cross-section of the security landscape. CISSP, CISA, CEH, CHFI, ECSA, CWNA, Advanced Technical Hacking (Pen Testing, Web Apps and Reverse Engineering), Cisco CCENT/CCNA, Microsoft ISA Server and a combined CompTIA Network+/Security+ class. Everything is provided: computers, courseware, and most meals. Even the exams are proctored on site including CISSP! Details and registration.

Ethical Hacking Conference (Fri - Sat):
Hourly presentations, similar to Black Hat, start Friday afternoon and continue through Saturday. Breakout sessions, a Capture the Flag exercise, giveaways, meals and more will also be offered. Conference Only tickets are available for just $100. Details and registration.

Keynotes:

  • Ed Skoudis (SANS, Intelguardians, Author "Counter Hack Reloaded")
  • Gregory Conti (West Point, Author "Security Data Visualization")
  • Daniel V. Hoffman (SMobile Systems, EH-Net Columnist, Author "Blackjacking")

To reach this highly targeted market, please review sponsorship opportunities.

About The Digital Construction Company:
TDCC is a Chicagoland business with a mission to educate and push the careers of IT professionals through its properties including The Ethical Hacker Network and ChicagoCon. ChicagoCon is a Service Mark of TDCC. Online at http://www.digitalconstructionco.com.

Contact:
Donald C. Donzal, CISSP, MCSE, CEH, Security+ SME
708-837-3002
The Digital Construction Company

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